With the technology landscape changing as fast as it does, programming languages have a tendency to rise and fall quickly. However, there are those that have stood the test of time, and those that show definite signs of gaining momentum for years to come. We have put together a list of languages we think are the most useful to learn in today’s job market.
Java lands steadily in the tried-and-true category and is number one on many lists because of its high employability. In 2017, it was the most in-demand language on job boards like Indeed, being a popular language with many Fortune 500 companies. Therefore, it’s still the reigning champion of languages to learn, particularly for employment. Let us help you get started with our free ebooks, Java Succinctly Part 1 and Java Succinctly Part 2.
Ok, so it’s a querying language, but we’re slipping SQL in here because it’s more in demand than even Java. Hadoop and other newcomers are popular, but SQL is everywhere and in seemingly everything, with most tech (and other) companies using it in some way. In a data-driven world, SQL is a good aspect to understand. Our Succinctly series has you covered with SQL Server for C# Developers and SQL Queries Succinctly.
While Java may still be prom king, anyone watching can see that Python is gaining in popularity faster than any other language. In the TIOBE Index, it’s surpassed C# this year. This high-level, readable, and versatile language is used by some of tech’s major players and is beloved by many. Our Python Succinctly ebook will take even a complete beginner to mastery of this language.
Created and backed by Google, the Go language is becoming more popular for building system software. It’s also considered easy to understand and efficient (it would have to be, to power the Google search engine), with a growing user base. Docker and Kubernetes are also built using Go, and the language is proving useful to the development of microservice architectures and data science. Whether you’re new or experienced with Go, Go Succinctly and Go Web Development Succinctly will have you coding fluently in no time.
Complex, but with high performance and community support, C++ remains a popular universal language for building desktop apps and video games. Ranked #6 on GitHub’s popularity chart (by number of pull requests) and #3 on the TIOBE Index, this is a good language to learn for programs with performance-intensive tasks. Get the basics down with our free ebook, C++ Succinctly.
Higher level than C++, C# is good for building Microsoft apps and indie computer games, and seems to be the way VR is going, since it’s what Unity uses. It can be used on any platform, thanks to Xamarin. Its popularity has remained steady for a while now and, though you can build apps for Linux and Mac with it, it’s the best language to learn if you need to build anything .NET. Learn the syntax you need to build your own applications in C# Succinctly.